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 SAMPLE pre-conferences: 2020 CWA Summit

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Click the session title to review details for each pre-conference workshop that was slated to be offered at the 2020 CWA Summit.

LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT/OPERATIONS

Gender Equity: Skills for Transgender Inclusion


Lila LeathermanFacilitated by: Lila Leatherman Conference Track: Management and Operations Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: $150 for conference attendees, $295 for others Description: This workshop will help gym managers and staff understand and affirm transgender people in a climbing gym setting. This workshop will give attendees an understanding of foundational concepts around gender, as well as challenges faced by transgender people in climbing settings and in the world at large. Through gym-specific scenarios, participants will learn how to identify, avoid, and respond to anti-transgender bias. Topics covered include: pronouns, bathrooms, gender boxes on waivers and other forms, and fundamental skills for gym staff. Ultimately, this workshop seeks to help climbing gym managers learn how to welcome and affirm people of all genders. This workshop will be interactive and discussion-based, and will provide suggestions for future learning. Workshop Goals:

  • Understand foundational concepts around gender and transgender identities
  • Understand what a pronoun is, and how to use pronouns in gym and professional settings
  • Be able to identify and respond to common scenarios of anti-transgender bias in a gym setting
  • Understand how transgender identities affect people’s experience in a climbing gym and the world
About the Instructor: Lila Leatherman (they/them pronouns) is an educator and consultant based in Salt Lake City, and has been teaching for more than eight years. Lila is dedicated to making outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive, with a particular focus on queer and trans people. As the founder of Lamella, a gender equity consulting company, they work to increase empathy and advocacy with transgender identities. You can learn more about their work at LamellaConsulting.com. Sign Up Now →




More Members Forever: Get People in the Door and Keep Them There


Kristin Horowitz Facilitated by: Kristin Horowitz, Ascent Ventures / The Pad Climbing Conference Track: Management and Operations Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: $150 for conference attendees, $295 for others Description: In this course, we will cover: The mindset for success and how to get the most out of this program The different touch points your clients/members will have with you and how you can optimize that for the best experience possible. Proven and effective ways to get more members in the door via online advertising, event attendance and more. Reactivating old clients with enticing offers that don't cost you a penny. Workshop Goals: Change mindset from leads to focusing on the front desk Provide actionable steps to better, effective marketing Help attendees set up a sales funnel Show attendees technology tools that can help save time while making money About the Instructor: Kristin Horowitz has been running climbing gyms and major human powered events for over twenty years. She is the marketing manager for both businesses and has a proven system for getting traffic in the door and getting new members signed up on day 1. Modified from existing gym programs offered at exorbitant prices, this method caters to the community feel and life-changing effects of climbing. Sign Up Now →




Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Certification


Climbing Wall Association Facilitated by: Climbing Wall Association
Conference Track: Certifications

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM & Wednesday, May 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: $329 for conference attendees, $429 for others

Description: The CWI Provider Certification Program is designed to promote industry self-regulation and assist owner/operators of climbing facilities in training staff to a minimum, consistent standard of care. The curriculum can be easily integrated into existing staff training and professional development programs. The CWI Certification program may not cover all necessary topics required at a particular company, program or facility. However, the program should address the basic technical competencies for climbing wall instructors regardless of venue. The primary governing document for the program is the program policy manual which discusses the structure and functioning of the program and the responsibilities of the providers.

Any person meeting the pre-requisites to become a CWI certification program provider, and who maintains appropriate membership status, may stand as a candidate for certification to be a provider and is encouraged to apply. Eligibility is determined based upon review of an application, a current résumé or curriculum vitae, references, completion of a provider course, and willingness to complete an attestation and agreement. An interview may also be required.

Prerequisites for CWI Certification program provider include:
1. Current membership in the CWA 2. 21 years of age. 3. Current first aid and CPR (American Red Cross Basic - 5.5 to 6.5 hours, or equivalent). 4. A résumé or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings. 5. Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures. 6. Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor.* (See Below) 7. Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number. 8. A signed agreement and attestation on file. 9. Proof of insurance.

* If the candidate is not a current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, the candidate may complete an alternative qualification procedure documenting that the candidate meets the requirements of becoming a provider but showing a minimum of 400 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor. Exceptional and wide-ranging indoor climbing teaching experience, prior experience as an instructor or guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification. Sign Up Now →




Womxn in Leadership Luncheon (Coming Soon!)


Facilitated by: Climbing Wall Association Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Tentative Time: 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: TBA

Description: Join fellow leaders in the indoor climbing industry for the first-ever Womxn in Leadership Luncheon! The purpose of this event is to provide women and non-binary femmes working in leadership in the indoor climbing industry an opportunity to build networks. The event will also serve as a starting point for the industry to discuss the ongoing career-development needs of marginalized genders.

Objectives:

  • Provide a platform for womxn leaders to safely share and connect with others

  • Discuss the potential for ongoing career-development programming for womxn in the industry

Pre-requisites: TBA

Agenda:

  • Welcome & Lunch - Grab some delicious, healthy food, and settle in for a productive exeprience.

  • Panel Discussion - Indoor climbing industry veterans will share their stories, including their paths to leadership, approaches to work/life/climbing balance, leadership styles, and management advice.

  • Small Group Discussion - In small groups, use prompts to discuss possibilities for ongoing career-development programming in the industry.

  • Next Step - Wrap up the event and determine a concrete next step.

This event is still being developed, and more information will be released soon! In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more, please contact Laura Allured at laura@climbingwallindustry.org.





STARTUPS/BUSINESS FORMATION

Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course


Dom Pascariello Facilitated by: Dom Pascariello and Amy Bannon, Paradox Sports

Conference Track: Program Development

Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag

Cost: $75 for conference attendees, $150 for others

Description: Why Join the Initiative? The Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course, sponsored by The North Face, allows facilitators and individuals to connect adaptive athletes with the climbing community.

Since many people first experience the sport of climbing through a gym, hosting a course helps facilities draw new memberships while increasing the diversity of the climbing community. Attending a course is a great opportunity for guides, students, climbing facilitators, recreational climbers, and anyone interested in adaptive climbing to improve rapport and approach-ability with people of different backgrounds while providing an intriguing challenge.

Workshop Goals:

· Disability Etiquette

· Facility accommodations

· Adaptive climbing and rigging

· Program development

Sign Up Now →




Program Staff Development: Training Climbing Program Staff to Run Creative, Independent, and Intentional Programs


Bix Firer Facilitated by: Bix Firer and Patrick Brehm, The Headwall Group Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $350 for conference attendees, $450 for others Description: Program management staff is often faced with the daunting task of overseeing a diverse staff with varying skill levels, while managing the ins and outs of the of programs offered in a climbing gym. To best address this conundrum, climbing gym program managers must develop and implement systematic, intentional, and creative training practices. Using experiential, hands-on activities, we will guide gym programming staff and program management staff through best practices for training staff. We will help, through facilitated discussion and activity, identify training goals for individual programs. We will then employ tested tools to begin to develop creative and intentional training strategies for program staff. Throughout this process we will be giving managers activities and strategies to use with their own staff. Focus of training strategies will include: · Developing a cohesive strategy for training staff that is aligned to organizational values · Training program staff in facilitation best practices. · Training staff to intentionally structure programs · Training program staff to give and receive meaningful feedback · Training program staff to creatively build new activities and programs and share these ideas with others. Workshop Goals: · Identify best practices in training staff · Use educational best practices to develop meaningful and intentional staff training systems · Learn to employ intentional and hands on trainings to develop creative program staff · Learn to use tools that you can train program staff to apply and use · Practice best practices in facilitation and training to role model best practices for staff About the Instructors: Bix Firer (MA University of Chicago, BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) has worked in experiential and adventure education with national non-profits and school districts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Alaska since 2007. Bix is currently the Director of Outdoor Programs at the College of Idaho and consults with youth serving programs and climbing gyms with The Headwall Group. His passion is facilitating challenging and fun experiences that help the next generation of facilitators approach themselves and each other with excitement, empathy, and a sense of adventure. While not working, Bix can be found exploring the rivers and mountains of Idaho by his own power. Patrick Brehm (BA Marquette University) has worked in several capacities of youth advocacy, developing and delivering curriculum based in social-emotional learning, experiential education, and special education. He has passionately brought high-level, energetic facilitation and training to diverse communities of youth and adults in Milwaukee and Denver through various non-profits, schools, and community-oriented businesses. As a dedicated rock-climbing instructor, Pat is passionate about sharing a unique perspective, encouraging groups and individuals to use rock climbing and other adventures to find connection and balance within oneself, community, and natural environment. When Pat is not teaching, you can find him climbing. Sign Up Now →




Program Design and Management: A Comprehensive Look at Building Community Through Youth and Adult Programming


Andrew Lee Facilitated by: Andrew Lee and Sara Weaver, Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $200 for conference attendees, $300 for others Description: So you're interested in programming? In this six-hour workshop we will dive into the myriad of programming options you can offer at your gym. We will cover youth programming, adult programming, large groups, special events, and more. Come prepared to learn some of the dos, don'ts, tips, and tricks of the world of climbing gym programming. We have spent the past 17 years (collectively) thinking up, trying, testing, and revising our programs; and we want to share our experiences with you. The goal of this workshop is to equip and empower gym owners, managers, and program coordinators to start their own programs, improve current programming, and impact the climbing community in more amazing ways. Join us! |We'll cover program design, curriculum building, marketing, budgeting, and logistics. Whether you're a brand-new gym looking to build a program from the ground up, or an established facility that wants to expand your offerings, we're here to lend our expertise! Workshop Goals: · Obtain an in-depth look at a complete core programming structure · Explore the logistics and finances of operating a profitable youth program · Discover new opportunities to diversify existing programming · Establish a facility-specific programming game plan About the Instructors: Andrew Lee has been climbing since he was seven years old, when he joined a youth climbing team in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a competitive climber for 21 years, a climbing instructor and youth coach for 14 years, and for the past 9 years has held various management-level positions in climbing facilities; such as Head Routesetter, Climbing Wall Manager, Head Coach, and Director of Programming. Sara Weaver has been rock climbing for 8 years, and started instructing soon after. She found her passion in the climbing community while teaching children at LEF in Lexington, KY, then continuing at Ascent Studio in Fort Collins, CO. Supporting an active, enthusiastic, and caring community for kids to grow as climbers is what she loves to do best. Sign Up Now →





LEGAL/RISK MANAGEMENT

Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course


Dom Pascariello Facilitated by: Dom Pascariello and Amy Bannon, Paradox Sports

Conference Track: Program Development

Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag

Cost: $75 for conference attendees, $150 for others

Description: Why Join the Initiative? The Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course, sponsored by The North Face, allows facilitators and individuals to connect adaptive athletes with the climbing community.

Since many people first experience the sport of climbing through a gym, hosting a course helps facilities draw new memberships while increasing the diversity of the climbing community. Attending a course is a great opportunity for guides, students, climbing facilitators, recreational climbers, and anyone interested in adaptive climbing to improve rapport and approach-ability with people of different backgrounds while providing an intriguing challenge.

Workshop Goals:

· Disability Etiquette

· Facility accommodations

· Adaptive climbing and rigging

· Program development

Sign Up Now →




Program Staff Development: Training Climbing Program Staff to Run Creative, Independent, and Intentional Programs


Bix Firer Facilitated by: Bix Firer and Patrick Brehm, The Headwall Group Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $350 for conference attendees, $450 for others Description: Program management staff is often faced with the daunting task of overseeing a diverse staff with varying skill levels, while managing the ins and outs of the of programs offered in a climbing gym. To best address this conundrum, climbing gym program managers must develop and implement systematic, intentional, and creative training practices. Using experiential, hands-on activities, we will guide gym programming staff and program management staff through best practices for training staff. We will help, through facilitated discussion and activity, identify training goals for individual programs. We will then employ tested tools to begin to develop creative and intentional training strategies for program staff. Throughout this process we will be giving managers activities and strategies to use with their own staff. Focus of training strategies will include: · Developing a cohesive strategy for training staff that is aligned to organizational values · Training program staff in facilitation best practices. · Training staff to intentionally structure programs · Training program staff to give and receive meaningful feedback · Training program staff to creatively build new activities and programs and share these ideas with others. Workshop Goals: · Identify best practices in training staff · Use educational best practices to develop meaningful and intentional staff training systems · Learn to employ intentional and hands on trainings to develop creative program staff · Learn to use tools that you can train program staff to apply and use · Practice best practices in facilitation and training to role model best practices for staff About the Instructors: Bix Firer (MA University of Chicago, BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) has worked in experiential and adventure education with national non-profits and school districts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Alaska since 2007. Bix is currently the Director of Outdoor Programs at the College of Idaho and consults with youth serving programs and climbing gyms with The Headwall Group. His passion is facilitating challenging and fun experiences that help the next generation of facilitators approach themselves and each other with excitement, empathy, and a sense of adventure. While not working, Bix can be found exploring the rivers and mountains of Idaho by his own power. Patrick Brehm (BA Marquette University) has worked in several capacities of youth advocacy, developing and delivering curriculum based in social-emotional learning, experiential education, and special education. He has passionately brought high-level, energetic facilitation and training to diverse communities of youth and adults in Milwaukee and Denver through various non-profits, schools, and community-oriented businesses. As a dedicated rock-climbing instructor, Pat is passionate about sharing a unique perspective, encouraging groups and individuals to use rock climbing and other adventures to find connection and balance within oneself, community, and natural environment. When Pat is not teaching, you can find him climbing. Sign Up Now →




Program Design and Management: A Comprehensive Look at Building Community Through Youth and Adult Programming


Andrew Lee Facilitated by: Andrew Lee and Sara Weaver, Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $200 for conference attendees, $300 for others Description: So you're interested in programming? In this six-hour workshop we will dive into the myriad of programming options you can offer at your gym. We will cover youth programming, adult programming, large groups, special events, and more. Come prepared to learn some of the dos, don'ts, tips, and tricks of the world of climbing gym programming. We have spent the past 17 years (collectively) thinking up, trying, testing, and revising our programs; and we want to share our experiences with you. The goal of this workshop is to equip and empower gym owners, managers, and program coordinators to start their own programs, improve current programming, and impact the climbing community in more amazing ways. Join us! |We'll cover program design, curriculum building, marketing, budgeting, and logistics. Whether you're a brand-new gym looking to build a program from the ground up, or an established facility that wants to expand your offerings, we're here to lend our expertise! Workshop Goals: · Obtain an in-depth look at a complete core programming structure · Explore the logistics and finances of operating a profitable youth program · Discover new opportunities to diversify existing programming · Establish a facility-specific programming game plan About the Instructors: Andrew Lee has been climbing since he was seven years old, when he joined a youth climbing team in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a competitive climber for 21 years, a climbing instructor and youth coach for 14 years, and for the past 9 years has held various management-level positions in climbing facilities; such as Head Routesetter, Climbing Wall Manager, Head Coach, and Director of Programming. Sara Weaver has been rock climbing for 8 years, and started instructing soon after. She found her passion in the climbing community while teaching children at LEF in Lexington, KY, then continuing at Ascent Studio in Fort Collins, CO. Supporting an active, enthusiastic, and caring community for kids to grow as climbers is what she loves to do best. Sign Up Now →





COACHING/TRAINING

Gender Equity: Skills for Transgender Inclusion


Lila LeathermanFacilitated by: Lila Leatherman Conference Track: Management and Operations Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: $150 for conference attendees, $295 for others Description: This workshop will help gym managers and staff understand and affirm transgender people in a climbing gym setting. This workshop will give attendees an understanding of foundational concepts around gender, as well as challenges faced by transgender people in climbing settings and in the world at large. Through gym-specific scenarios, participants will learn how to identify, avoid, and respond to anti-transgender bias. Topics covered include: pronouns, bathrooms, gender boxes on waivers and other forms, and fundamental skills for gym staff. Ultimately, this workshop seeks to help climbing gym managers learn how to welcome and affirm people of all genders. This workshop will be interactive and discussion-based, and will provide suggestions for future learning. Workshop Goals:

  • Understand foundational concepts around gender and transgender identities
  • Understand what a pronoun is, and how to use pronouns in gym and professional settings
  • Be able to identify and respond to common scenarios of anti-transgender bias in a gym setting
  • Understand how transgender identities affect people’s experience in a climbing gym and the world
About the Instructor: Lila Leatherman (they/them pronouns) is an educator and consultant based in Salt Lake City, and has been teaching for more than eight years. Lila is dedicated to making outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive, with a particular focus on queer and trans people. As the founder of Lamella, a gender equity consulting company, they work to increase empathy and advocacy with transgender identities. You can learn more about their work at LamellaConsulting.com. Sign Up Now →




More Members Forever: Get People in the Door and Keep Them There


Kristin Horowitz Facilitated by: Kristin Horowitz, Ascent Ventures / The Pad Climbing Conference Track: Management and Operations Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: $150 for conference attendees, $295 for others Description: In this course, we will cover: The mindset for success and how to get the most out of this program The different touch points your clients/members will have with you and how you can optimize that for the best experience possible. Proven and effective ways to get more members in the door via online advertising, event attendance and more. Reactivating old clients with enticing offers that don't cost you a penny. Workshop Goals: Change mindset from leads to focusing on the front desk Provide actionable steps to better, effective marketing Help attendees set up a sales funnel Show attendees technology tools that can help save time while making money About the Instructor: Kristin Horowitz has been running climbing gyms and major human powered events for over twenty years. She is the marketing manager for both businesses and has a proven system for getting traffic in the door and getting new members signed up on day 1. Modified from existing gym programs offered at exorbitant prices, this method caters to the community feel and life-changing effects of climbing. Sign Up Now →




Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Certification


Climbing Wall Association Facilitated by: Climbing Wall Association
Conference Track: Certifications

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM & Wednesday, May 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: $329 for conference attendees, $429 for others

Description: The CWI Provider Certification Program is designed to promote industry self-regulation and assist owner/operators of climbing facilities in training staff to a minimum, consistent standard of care. The curriculum can be easily integrated into existing staff training and professional development programs. The CWI Certification program may not cover all necessary topics required at a particular company, program or facility. However, the program should address the basic technical competencies for climbing wall instructors regardless of venue. The primary governing document for the program is the program policy manual which discusses the structure and functioning of the program and the responsibilities of the providers.

Any person meeting the pre-requisites to become a CWI certification program provider, and who maintains appropriate membership status, may stand as a candidate for certification to be a provider and is encouraged to apply. Eligibility is determined based upon review of an application, a current résumé or curriculum vitae, references, completion of a provider course, and willingness to complete an attestation and agreement. An interview may also be required.

Prerequisites for CWI Certification program provider include:
1. Current membership in the CWA 2. 21 years of age. 3. Current first aid and CPR (American Red Cross Basic - 5.5 to 6.5 hours, or equivalent). 4. A résumé or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings. 5. Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures. 6. Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor.* (See Below) 7. Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number. 8. A signed agreement and attestation on file. 9. Proof of insurance.

* If the candidate is not a current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, the candidate may complete an alternative qualification procedure documenting that the candidate meets the requirements of becoming a provider but showing a minimum of 400 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor. Exceptional and wide-ranging indoor climbing teaching experience, prior experience as an instructor or guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification. Sign Up Now →




Womxn in Leadership Luncheon (Coming Soon!)


Facilitated by: Climbing Wall Association Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Tentative Time: 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center Cost: TBA

Description: Join fellow leaders in the indoor climbing industry for the first-ever Womxn in Leadership Luncheon! The purpose of this event is to provide women and non-binary femmes working in leadership in the indoor climbing industry an opportunity to build networks. The event will also serve as a starting point for the industry to discuss the ongoing career-development needs of marginalized genders.

Objectives:

  • Provide a platform for womxn leaders to safely share and connect with others

  • Discuss the potential for ongoing career-development programming for womxn in the industry

Pre-requisites: TBA

Agenda:

  • Welcome & Lunch - Grab some delicious, healthy food, and settle in for a productive exeprience.

  • Panel Discussion - Indoor climbing industry veterans will share their stories, including their paths to leadership, approaches to work/life/climbing balance, leadership styles, and management advice.

  • Small Group Discussion - In small groups, use prompts to discuss possibilities for ongoing career-development programming in the industry.

  • Next Step - Wrap up the event and determine a concrete next step.

This event is still being developed, and more information will be released soon! In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more, please contact Laura Allured at laura@climbingwallindustry.org.





ROUTESETTING

Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course


Dom Pascariello Facilitated by: Dom Pascariello and Amy Bannon, Paradox Sports

Conference Track: Program Development

Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag

Cost: $75 for conference attendees, $150 for others

Description: Why Join the Initiative? The Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course, sponsored by The North Face, allows facilitators and individuals to connect adaptive athletes with the climbing community.

Since many people first experience the sport of climbing through a gym, hosting a course helps facilities draw new memberships while increasing the diversity of the climbing community. Attending a course is a great opportunity for guides, students, climbing facilitators, recreational climbers, and anyone interested in adaptive climbing to improve rapport and approach-ability with people of different backgrounds while providing an intriguing challenge.

Workshop Goals:

· Disability Etiquette

· Facility accommodations

· Adaptive climbing and rigging

· Program development

Sign Up Now →




Program Staff Development: Training Climbing Program Staff to Run Creative, Independent, and Intentional Programs


Bix Firer Facilitated by: Bix Firer and Patrick Brehm, The Headwall Group Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $350 for conference attendees, $450 for others Description: Program management staff is often faced with the daunting task of overseeing a diverse staff with varying skill levels, while managing the ins and outs of the of programs offered in a climbing gym. To best address this conundrum, climbing gym program managers must develop and implement systematic, intentional, and creative training practices. Using experiential, hands-on activities, we will guide gym programming staff and program management staff through best practices for training staff. We will help, through facilitated discussion and activity, identify training goals for individual programs. We will then employ tested tools to begin to develop creative and intentional training strategies for program staff. Throughout this process we will be giving managers activities and strategies to use with their own staff. Focus of training strategies will include: · Developing a cohesive strategy for training staff that is aligned to organizational values · Training program staff in facilitation best practices. · Training staff to intentionally structure programs · Training program staff to give and receive meaningful feedback · Training program staff to creatively build new activities and programs and share these ideas with others. Workshop Goals: · Identify best practices in training staff · Use educational best practices to develop meaningful and intentional staff training systems · Learn to employ intentional and hands on trainings to develop creative program staff · Learn to use tools that you can train program staff to apply and use · Practice best practices in facilitation and training to role model best practices for staff About the Instructors: Bix Firer (MA University of Chicago, BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) has worked in experiential and adventure education with national non-profits and school districts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Alaska since 2007. Bix is currently the Director of Outdoor Programs at the College of Idaho and consults with youth serving programs and climbing gyms with The Headwall Group. His passion is facilitating challenging and fun experiences that help the next generation of facilitators approach themselves and each other with excitement, empathy, and a sense of adventure. While not working, Bix can be found exploring the rivers and mountains of Idaho by his own power. Patrick Brehm (BA Marquette University) has worked in several capacities of youth advocacy, developing and delivering curriculum based in social-emotional learning, experiential education, and special education. He has passionately brought high-level, energetic facilitation and training to diverse communities of youth and adults in Milwaukee and Denver through various non-profits, schools, and community-oriented businesses. As a dedicated rock-climbing instructor, Pat is passionate about sharing a unique perspective, encouraging groups and individuals to use rock climbing and other adventures to find connection and balance within oneself, community, and natural environment. When Pat is not teaching, you can find him climbing. Sign Up Now →




Program Design and Management: A Comprehensive Look at Building Community Through Youth and Adult Programming


Andrew Lee Facilitated by: Andrew Lee and Sara Weaver, Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $200 for conference attendees, $300 for others Description: So you're interested in programming? In this six-hour workshop we will dive into the myriad of programming options you can offer at your gym. We will cover youth programming, adult programming, large groups, special events, and more. Come prepared to learn some of the dos, don'ts, tips, and tricks of the world of climbing gym programming. We have spent the past 17 years (collectively) thinking up, trying, testing, and revising our programs; and we want to share our experiences with you. The goal of this workshop is to equip and empower gym owners, managers, and program coordinators to start their own programs, improve current programming, and impact the climbing community in more amazing ways. Join us! |We'll cover program design, curriculum building, marketing, budgeting, and logistics. Whether you're a brand-new gym looking to build a program from the ground up, or an established facility that wants to expand your offerings, we're here to lend our expertise! Workshop Goals: · Obtain an in-depth look at a complete core programming structure · Explore the logistics and finances of operating a profitable youth program · Discover new opportunities to diversify existing programming · Establish a facility-specific programming game plan About the Instructors: Andrew Lee has been climbing since he was seven years old, when he joined a youth climbing team in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a competitive climber for 21 years, a climbing instructor and youth coach for 14 years, and for the past 9 years has held various management-level positions in climbing facilities; such as Head Routesetter, Climbing Wall Manager, Head Coach, and Director of Programming. Sara Weaver has been rock climbing for 8 years, and started instructing soon after. She found her passion in the climbing community while teaching children at LEF in Lexington, KY, then continuing at Ascent Studio in Fort Collins, CO. Supporting an active, enthusiastic, and caring community for kids to grow as climbers is what she loves to do best. Sign Up Now →





PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course


Dom Pascariello Facilitated by: Dom Pascariello and Amy Bannon, Paradox Sports

Conference Track: Program Development

Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag

Cost: $75 for conference attendees, $150 for others

Description: Why Join the Initiative? The Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course, sponsored by The North Face, allows facilitators and individuals to connect adaptive athletes with the climbing community.

Since many people first experience the sport of climbing through a gym, hosting a course helps facilities draw new memberships while increasing the diversity of the climbing community. Attending a course is a great opportunity for guides, students, climbing facilitators, recreational climbers, and anyone interested in adaptive climbing to improve rapport and approach-ability with people of different backgrounds while providing an intriguing challenge.

Workshop Goals:

· Disability Etiquette

· Facility accommodations

· Adaptive climbing and rigging

· Program development

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Program Staff Development: Training Climbing Program Staff to Run Creative, Independent, and Intentional Programs


Bix Firer Facilitated by: Bix Firer and Patrick Brehm, The Headwall Group Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $350 for conference attendees, $450 for others Description: Program management staff is often faced with the daunting task of overseeing a diverse staff with varying skill levels, while managing the ins and outs of the of programs offered in a climbing gym. To best address this conundrum, climbing gym program managers must develop and implement systematic, intentional, and creative training practices. Using experiential, hands-on activities, we will guide gym programming staff and program management staff through best practices for training staff. We will help, through facilitated discussion and activity, identify training goals for individual programs. We will then employ tested tools to begin to develop creative and intentional training strategies for program staff. Throughout this process we will be giving managers activities and strategies to use with their own staff. Focus of training strategies will include: · Developing a cohesive strategy for training staff that is aligned to organizational values · Training program staff in facilitation best practices. · Training staff to intentionally structure programs · Training program staff to give and receive meaningful feedback · Training program staff to creatively build new activities and programs and share these ideas with others. Workshop Goals: · Identify best practices in training staff · Use educational best practices to develop meaningful and intentional staff training systems · Learn to employ intentional and hands on trainings to develop creative program staff · Learn to use tools that you can train program staff to apply and use · Practice best practices in facilitation and training to role model best practices for staff About the Instructors: Bix Firer (MA University of Chicago, BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) has worked in experiential and adventure education with national non-profits and school districts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Alaska since 2007. Bix is currently the Director of Outdoor Programs at the College of Idaho and consults with youth serving programs and climbing gyms with The Headwall Group. His passion is facilitating challenging and fun experiences that help the next generation of facilitators approach themselves and each other with excitement, empathy, and a sense of adventure. While not working, Bix can be found exploring the rivers and mountains of Idaho by his own power. Patrick Brehm (BA Marquette University) has worked in several capacities of youth advocacy, developing and delivering curriculum based in social-emotional learning, experiential education, and special education. He has passionately brought high-level, energetic facilitation and training to diverse communities of youth and adults in Milwaukee and Denver through various non-profits, schools, and community-oriented businesses. As a dedicated rock-climbing instructor, Pat is passionate about sharing a unique perspective, encouraging groups and individuals to use rock climbing and other adventures to find connection and balance within oneself, community, and natural environment. When Pat is not teaching, you can find him climbing. Sign Up Now →




Program Design and Management: A Comprehensive Look at Building Community Through Youth and Adult Programming


Andrew Lee Facilitated by: Andrew Lee and Sara Weaver, Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness Conference Track: Program Development Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: TBD Cost: $200 for conference attendees, $300 for others Description: So you're interested in programming? In this six-hour workshop we will dive into the myriad of programming options you can offer at your gym. We will cover youth programming, adult programming, large groups, special events, and more. Come prepared to learn some of the dos, don'ts, tips, and tricks of the world of climbing gym programming. We have spent the past 17 years (collectively) thinking up, trying, testing, and revising our programs; and we want to share our experiences with you. The goal of this workshop is to equip and empower gym owners, managers, and program coordinators to start their own programs, improve current programming, and impact the climbing community in more amazing ways. Join us! |We'll cover program design, curriculum building, marketing, budgeting, and logistics. Whether you're a brand-new gym looking to build a program from the ground up, or an established facility that wants to expand your offerings, we're here to lend our expertise! Workshop Goals: · Obtain an in-depth look at a complete core programming structure · Explore the logistics and finances of operating a profitable youth program · Discover new opportunities to diversify existing programming · Establish a facility-specific programming game plan About the Instructors: Andrew Lee has been climbing since he was seven years old, when he joined a youth climbing team in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a competitive climber for 21 years, a climbing instructor and youth coach for 14 years, and for the past 9 years has held various management-level positions in climbing facilities; such as Head Routesetter, Climbing Wall Manager, Head Coach, and Director of Programming. Sara Weaver has been rock climbing for 8 years, and started instructing soon after. She found her passion in the climbing community while teaching children at LEF in Lexington, KY, then continuing at Ascent Studio in Fort Collins, CO. Supporting an active, enthusiastic, and caring community for kids to grow as climbers is what she loves to do best. Sign Up Now →